Whether you're a seasoned cyclist or you just want to try bicycling as a new hobby, there are plenty of wide open spaces in Nassau County where you can find safe trails to enjoy the great outdoors. From parks with specially paved paths to seaside boardwalks with dedicated lanes just for bicycling, there's something for everyone in this Long Island, New York County.
Boardwalks with Bicycle Paths in Nassau County
You and yours can take a refreshing ride on one of Nassau County's boardwalks. While exercising, you'll enjoy the salt breeze in the air as the sun shines and you watch the waves gently breaking on the shore in the distance.
- Atlantic Beach Boardwalk
Open year-round, this one mile, shorefront boardwalk offers one mile of space for cyclists. You can enter at Putnam, Genessee or Plaza Boulevards.
- Long Beach Boardwalk
Stretching out almost two miles, Long Beach's boardwalk features its own bike lane in addition to plenty of room for those on foot to stroll along the shore. You can enter at any street between Neptune Boulevard and New York Avenue.
Paved Bicycle Paths
Here are some great places to ride in comfort on paved paths that wind through parks and other scenic places in Nassau County
- Bethpage Bicycle Path
Take a long, leisurely tour from Bethpage to Massapequa. The bicycle path there stretches out for about eight miles and it features views of lush greenery along the way. You'll cycle past the Massapequa Preserve with its serene ponds and streams. There are markers every quarter-mile. Make sure you watch out for several road crossings on the path.
- Cedar Creek Park, Seaford to Jones Beach State Park
Starting at Cedar Creek Park, off Merrick Road in Seaford, and running parallel to the Wantagh State Parkway, you can bike a 4.5-mile scenic trail all the way to the Jones Beach Theater at Jones Beach State Park.
- Hempstead Lake State Park
Pedal your way on flat paths through four miles of leafy woodland.
- Valley Stream State Park
With two miles of flat, tree-lined paths, you'll find an oasis from the surrounding developed areas. If you continue just south, you'll find two more miles to bike in Arthur A. Hendrickson Park.
- Wantagh Park
This waterfront park with 111 acres offers five miles of walks and bicycle paths at 1 King Road. (just south of Merrick Road), Wantagh, New York. You can take the Southern State Parkway to exit 27 South/Wantagh Parkway, and then exit off the Wantagh Parkway at Sunrise Highway East. Then make a right onto Wantagh Avenue. Take this all the way to the end and then make a right onto Merrick Road. At the first light, make a left into the park.
Mountain Bike Trails
If you're looking for the adrenaline rush that comes with off-road cycling, Nassau offers a variety of trails for mountain biking.
- Bethpage State Park
At Powell Avenue, Bethpage, NY, you'll find a 12-mile trail winding its way through lush greenery. If you're driving, take the L.I.E. to Route 135 South, then exit at Powell Avenue. Turn left at the end of the ramp and then make a quick left into the park's picnic grounds. There's parking at the end of the road.
- Stillwell Woods
Stillwell Woods is a 270-acre preserve which features a marked mountain bike trail that twists and turns for about five miles with short, steep climbs as well as an easier main loop. Driving? Take the L.I.E. to Exit 46 North/Sunnyside Boulevard, then make a right onto Woodbury Road. Take this to Jericho Turnpike. then make a right turn onto South Woods Road. Just past Syosset High School, make a right into the soccer field, bear right and continue to the end of the field. The trailhead will be on the southeast corner.
- Trail View State Park
Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY
With 7.4 miles of parkland, hikers and bikers alike can enjoy the scenic views through a variety of habitats. The trail connects to Stillwell Woods to the north and Bethpage to the south. Take 495 to Exit 46 North, Sunnyside Boulevard. Take Sunnyside Blvd north to Woodbury Road. Then turn right onto Woodbury Road and continue to Jericho Turnpike, where you'll make a left. Then take a right into the dirt lot next to the Stop and Shop supermarket.